Trend Micro: OSX has the most vulnerabilities.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Broph, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Broph macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    New Zealand
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    It's largely scaremongering. But having said that, we are now more vulnerable to Malware...This was bound to happen one day, as Mac's become more and more commonplace and therefore worth a hackers effort to crack open. As witnessed by the recent Malware exposure.

    Macs remain virus free though, and best practice and common sense are still the best weapons against Malware attack. I would not personally pay for an AV product for Mac.

    ClamAV is a freebie on the app store if you really want to check your systems though.
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Haha. Trend Micro. Haven't they got anything better to do. They must be getting set to release some AV software for Macs as they sure as hell are doing much in the corporate market.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, there is no OS, including Mac OS X, that doesn't have vulnerabilities. Whether those vulnerabilities are actually exploited is another matter. Many vulnerabilities are closed by software updates without ever having been exploited.

    Second, hacking and malware are two different things. These hacking competitions involve experienced hackers deliberately attempting to compromise systems to show their skills and to show the vulnerability of the target systems. In the real world, most users will never encounter a hacker, since no one cares what's on an average user's system. It's not worth the effort to hack a random person's computer, just to gain access to their overdrawn bank account and their VISA card with $23.11 available credit.

    Finally, while there are vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malware, unless such exploits are released into the wild, there is no way for users to encounter such malware.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Disable Java in your browser. (For Safari users, uncheck "Enable Java" in Safari > Preferences > Security.) This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave this unchecked until you visit a trusted site that requires Java, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    9. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.
  5. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    Why does everyone think that any company that posts anything some what negative about Apple is a.) Jealous b.) trolling c.) not relevant

    Apple isn't perfect and that mindset is what is setting Apple back. Having issues is ok, its how you fix them, is what determines how good you are as a company. Right now Apple doesn't fix things... they wait... and let the media determine if its a big enough deal to patch; and even then they take there time.

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